PICTURES: Military test new weapons on Salisbury Plain

PICTURES: Military test new weapons on Salisbury Plain

Published by Jack Deery at 12:48pm 23rd October 2019.

Soldiers from the 26th Regiment Royal Artillery have spent the last 5 weeks in Wiltshire.

It was the first time the group were deployed on exercise, since returning home from Germany, and they were comprehensively tested on their Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS).

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Aerial footage being scanned for the MLRS

They were tasked with a number of different training activities from improving core artillery skills, through the Battle Craft Syllabus, to enhancing the soldiers tactical acumen.

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Final equipment check for the rocket system

The soldiers were also challenged on how the crews would react and look to avoid detection of the MLRS. 

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Unmanned aircraft system launched which tested the soldiers' reaction to MLRS being detected

Lieutenant Colonel Kieran Sheldon Commanding Officer 26th Regiment RA, said: 

"Exercise CONGREVE SPEAR has provided us with an opportunity for the young soldiers to transfer skills learned in training and understand how to apply these drills working together as a crew in controlled pressurised environments. 

For us this exercise has been vital in bringing the Regiment together and proving that we are ready to go and war fight in our role - it has been a real success."

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MLRS being prepared to deploy on the exercise

The training finished with Major General James Swift OBE and Brigadier Mark Pullan MBE visiting to watch the regiment in action. 

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